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Smog shuts down Chinese city of 11 million

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 8:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

A city in China more populous than New York City or London ground to a complete halt Monday due to especially thick pollution.

The city of Harbin in northeastern China shut down schools, roads and airports after smog made it impossible to see more than about 30 feet. Even at midday, pollution had entirely blotted out the sun from the sky. (Via BBC)

Pollution in the area is always bad, but local authorities blamed this especially thick smog on the first day of cold weather that caused residents across Harbin to flip on their heaters for the first time this season. (Via Euronews)

Though most in the West might never have heard of it, Harbin is a city of 11 million people. And by the numbers, the pollution they saw today was dangerous on a historic level.

The city government said its air quality index rating reached 500 — the worst possible rating — with some areas getting pollution readings that were off the scale. Now, anything above 300 is considered hazardous by the EPA. And anything below 50 is good. (Via The New York Times)

New York hit just 41 on that scale Monday. Last winter, Beijing saw similarly dangerous levels of pollution that kept many children out of school for weeks and made face masks a regular sight on the street. (Via Sky News)

China’s government has announced some steps to combat all this pollution — though it will take five years and more than $800 billion, with $167 billion of that going to Beijing alone. (Via TIME)

All this is the result of massive industrial growth with few restrictions over the last couple decades. In January, Beijing announced it would for the first time restrict its number of new factories to help curb pollution.

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Injuries reported at small plane crash in Clark County

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Injuries reported at small plane crash in Clark County

The Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post is responding to the report of a small plane crash near South Charleston.

The crash was reported in a field in the 600 block of Fletcher Pike.

Early reports indicated emergency crews were responding to an area south of I-70.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:23 PM

Vandalia council rejects fairgrounds proposal a 2nd time

City Council in Vandalia has voted yet again to reject a proposal to relocate the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Webster Street, the city’s Vice Mayor David Lewis has confirmed.

Council members met for a work session Saturday and the relocation of the fairgrounds was at the top of a short agenda.

“It was a general consensus of the council that while the fair board made a very strong and cogent presentation before, our general thoughts were it wasn’t so much about the Montgomery County Fair as it was about having a convention center,” Lewis said. “That’s what they were proposing, based on 52 weeks a year, as opposed to just one week for the use of the fair. “ 

Fair board has not submitted a formal request for zoning change, but looked to council for input on the potential fairgrounds site. 

Lewis said council members would give “different consideration” if the fair board presented a scaled-back plan that didn’t include what Lewis described as a “convention center.”

Council members first rejected the plan in December, but agreed to another presentation from the Montgomery County Agricultural Society, which happened Thursday.

Vandalia council to reconsider fairgrounds relocation

Council members voted unanimously to reject the proposal, citing in-part the continuous changes being made to the project.

Hamilton crews search for answers to large hole in side of house

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 4:30 PM

Hamilton crews search for answers to large hole in side of house

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.

Hamilton firefighters removed a three-foot-long red metal canister from the home, and are trying to determine whether that is what caused a hole to the side of the upper story of the house, and how it got there.

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UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m.

The house has a large hole on the side where you can see the jagged edges of siding on the second floor.

Hamilton officers and Butler County deputies are scouring the yard and nearby areas in search of what might have caused it.

UPDATE @ 3:44 p.m.

Police and firefighters in Hamilton have roped off a home in the 100 block of North Seventh Street after responding to the report that part of the building has collapsed.


The Hamilton fire department is responding at 3 p.m. today to a report that a building at Campbell Avenue and North Seventh Street has collapsed.

Dispatchers said it was unclear on the extend of the damage.

This story will be updated when information becomes available.

Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

Published: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016 @ 9:38 PM

            Successful liftoff for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket heading for ISS

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Sunday morning after it abruptly scrubbed the planned launch on Saturday.

The rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. in the first launch from NASA's historic moonshot pad launch since 2011

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This is SpaceX’s tenth resupply mission to the International Space Station.

The private space flight company is owned by billionaire investor Elon Musk who tweeted out that the dragon spacecraft is due to dock with ISS on Wednesday. 

Sunday’s launch marks the first successful lift off for Space X following two separate disasters. An explosion on the launch pad last fall destroyed a rocket and another attempt in June of 2015 ended badly when the rocket exploded shortly after takeoff.